Harassed by traffic personnel in Delhi? Now, you can send a direct complaint to the top traffic police officer through an SMS on his personal mobile number for action against the erring staff.
Joint commissioner (traffic) Satyendra Garg today made his mobile number public and asked people to send complaints of any wrongdoing by traffic staff, specially related to corruption, with some “evidence”.
The number is 9818708053 and he urged people to send him SMS complaints.
“Complaints should not be general but with some evidence. At a time I will be able to handle some complaints only. But at the same time, I want to assure that appropriate action will be taken against the wrongdoers,” he said.
Two traffic policemen were suspended for illegally stopping commercial vehicles with “ulterior motives” near India Gate two days ago.
Earlier in a posting in Delhi police’s Facebook account, Garg had said that he keeps on hearing comments about corruption in traffic police.
“Let me freely admit I am fully aware of corruption and have been taking action wherever evidence comes. The corruption index of Delhi police officials… I keep on getting inputs from people known to me.
“One of them owns a banquet hall in North Delhi and he is known to me. When he is pressed for information, he tells me what is the rate of monthly payment to PCR, local police and traffic police apart from other government agencies. He sometimes describes how shamelessly people accept money in government organisations,” Garg wrote.
He had said the owner has taken a promise from him that he will never interfere on his behalf and never reveal his identity.
“He tells me traffic police regularly takes money from his staff on the pretext of not harassing his guests by towing away their vehicles. Once I asked him that now I am joint CP (traffic) and am committed to eliminate wrong doings of corruption at least in officials working under me, why should he pay to traffic police?
“He says my tenure everywhere can be a couple of years and he has to run business. If he stops paying money, tomorrow when I am shifted traffic police will come with vengeance and make his life hell. He prefers monthly payment of some thousand rupees than jeopardising his future,” Garg wrote.
Describing this as the “problem with our country”, he had said, “One does not consider it bad to pay off corrupt people and rather are afraid of them”.